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Nearly 30 Percent of Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Had Symptoms of Depression: Study

The large study of over 1,400 teens with type 1 diabetes also provides evidence suggesting a strong connection between depressive symptoms and problems in blood sugar management.

Insights from the DAWN2 Study

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In 2001, Novo Nordisk partnered with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and a panel of experts and patient advocates to study perceptions about diabetes and better understand the psychosocial aspects and how they affect diabetes management. The DAWN Study (Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs) was the largest study of its kind, and was ground-breaking in […]

I have type 1 diabetes and this is why I go to therapy

A woman with type 1 diabetes shares how he handles the mental burden of daily blood sugar management.

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If I can sum up my Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference this year with two words, I’d say it was emotional and educational. What makes this conference like none other is that the focus is on the people touched with diabetes on a more personal level. It’s about improving lives with a holistic […]


Girls and women with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) are almost 2.5 times as likely to develop an eating disorder as those without diabetes(1). In order to understand why this might be, one must first understand the complexity of T1DM and the unique symptom of insulin restriction. Recently, this phenomenon has been referred to as “diabulimia” […]

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Saying no to food? Saying yes to food? Does it affect mental health? Yes. As we know, there are many intricacies to managing and successfully living with type 1 diabetes, one of which is the ever-evolving relationship with food. It is tumultuous and extremely personal. After being diagnosed, I hated food—absolutely hated it—because of what […]

Diabetes and Eating Disorders


I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was five years old. I grew up with this all-encompassing chronic illness and I barely remember my life before the click of the lancet, the beeps from my glucometer, and the hypoglycemic episodes that still, after 23 years of living with this disease, scare me. T1D […]

Humorlog: Bolusing Laughter


My blood sugar was so high my meter said, “One person at a time, please!” My name is Brad and I have the “bad” kind of diabetes…it’s DIABETES! But since we have to label ourselves in categories I’ll tell you that I am a type 1—actually I still use the outdated term juvenile diabetes because it makes […]


I had the opportunity to attend the first Mental Health Issues in Diabetes Conference, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday, October 7, 2013, and was co-sponsored by JDRF and Universal Health Services. This gathering of clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, parents, and PWDs was informative and eye-opening. The goal of the day was […]